POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects with PEARLS ambassador Aine from Dublin for 22q Awareness Month

Join us on #FacebookLIVE tomorrow (Saturday, 21 November) at 11:00 AM EST for a conversation with our great friend

Aine Lawlor

who lives in Dublin, Ireland. We’ll be talking about #22q and celebrating #22qAwareness Month.

Image Descriptions: 1) A girl with brown hair and eyes is looking into the camera and smiling. She is wearing a blue shirt. 2) Logo for 22q Awareness Month in gray, white and red. 3) Positive Exposure Connects image with black background and white wording which reads Celebrating 22q Awareness Month, A conversation with Aine Lawlor, Dublin, Ireland, 11:00 AM EST.

22q11.2 Deletion

22q11.2 deletion has been called by many names, reflecting the constellation of clinical manifestations that have been identified over time. The majority of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome patients have congenital heart defects, most often conotruncal abnormalities (tetralogy of Fallot, interrupted aortic arch, ventricular septal defect (VSD), vascular ring, and  truncus arteriosus) and palatal defects, including submucosal cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction (VPD).  VPD (also referred to as velopharyngeal insufficiency, or VPI) is usually manifest as abnormal nasal air escape and hypernasal speech.

For more information on 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome, visit: http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/22q11-deletion-syndrome.